Jennifer Aniston had a low-key birthday

When Jennifer Aniston celebrated her 41st birthday last year in Cabo San Lucas with all her Hollywood friends, it made people wonder what she would do this year for her 42nd that would be even bigger and bolder.

Well, as it turns out, Jen decided to play it more laid-back this year, with a simple dinner at a restaurant in New York.  Of course, the Hollywood friends were still in attendance – Adam Sandlar, Chris Rock, and Hugh Jackman all attended with dates.  The group was given a private room in the back of the restaurant, and according to witnesses, they had a fantastic time.

Hugh Jackman Says Wolverine Sequel Shooting in 2011

The sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine will begin filming in 2001, Hugh Jackman announced to reporters backstage at the People’s Choice Awards. Jackman said Wolverine will be headed to Japan for the sequel.

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine
Hugh Jackman as Wolverine

“Wolverine’s going to be back,” Hugh Jackman said during a backstage interview at the People’s Choice Awards. “He’s going to Japan. We shoot that probably in a year, year-and-a-half, something like that.”

The new Wolverine film will be based on a Frank Miller and Chris Claremont story featuring Wolverine battling a Japanese crime lord. There will also be romance involved, as Wolverine falls for the crime lord’s daughter during the tale.

Screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie will pen the script for the Wolverine sequel. No director for the film has yet been named, although the first Wolverine director, Gavin Hood, is reportedly interested in directing the sequel.

Two other X-Men movies are also currently working through the pipeline: X-Men: First Class (Bryan Singer) and Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds). Hugh Jackman, meanwhile, will begin shooting on Shawn Levy‘s Real Steel this summer.

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Hugh Jackman Signs On to Steven Spielberg Sci-Fi Film

Australian hottie Hugh Jackman has reportedly signed on to star in a new sci-fi movie helmed by the legendary Steven Spielberg. According to media reports, Jackman will star as a former boxer who becomes a trainer for the robot boxers who have replaced humans in the ring.

Hugh Jackman in 'Wolverine'
Hugh Jackman in 'Wolverine'

Let’s just say right now, that sounds super weird and just a little bit crazy as a movie set to feature a star like Jackman. The film, reportedly called Real Steel, will be the first project produced by Steven Spielberg since DreamWorks Studios split from Paramount Pictures last year.

Filmmaker Shawn Levy, who will be directing the film, told Variety the movie is about “a former boxer who can no longer do the only job he’s good at, and one particular robot that may be his return to grace.”

Filming for Real Steel is scheduled to being in June. Let’s hope the movie actually isn’t going to be as incredibly lame as the premise sounds.

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Hugh Jackman Named People’s “Sexiest Man Alive”

Aussie Hugh Jackman has been named People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Live” for this year! Previous winners have included Matt Damon>, George Clooney and Matthew McConaughey. Hugh is starring in the upcoming epic movie “Australia” with Nicole Kidman. Sayeth Nicole on Hugh’s hotness:

“Oh…my…God. Women’s jaws drop when Hugh walks into a room… He’s such an Aussie bloke – loyal and passionate. That’s a great combo.”

Have to agree with Nicole, there, Hugh is quite easy on the eyes! But…he’s married, ladies- and has been for 12 year. His wife, Deborra-Lee Furness said ” I could have told them that years ago! Obviously Brad Pitt wasn’t available this year!” Hugh makes sure his leading ladies meet Deborra when he starts a new project.

“The first thing I always do in a movie is go to dinner with my leading lady and my wife. When they meet Deb they like her more than me anyway.”

Deborra kinda likes it when Hugh comes home in character too! She often tells him not to take off his on-screen look. Apparently, she likes the “stockbroker” look the best, but got a kick out of Hugh’s “prisoner” look, complete with tattoos. Guess that helps keep things exciting! Hugh and Deb have two children together, eight-year-old Oscar and three-year-old Ava.

At 40, Hugh Jackman has managed to accomplish a well-rounded career. He has starred in blockbuster movies like the “X-Men” installments and “Swordfish,” romantic films such as “Someone Like You” and “Kate & Leopold” and has even lent his voice to cartoon characters in animated films “Happy Feet” and “Flushed Away.”
Debbora Lee is keenly involved in the field of international adoptions, and she and Hugh kicked off the first-ever National Adoption Awareness Week in Australia Monday. Deborah Lee says that:

“When I started speaking out, the media kept saying “Deborra-Lee and her lobby group”, but it was just me and my big mouth. It started with me looking at the reality of 103 million orphaned children in the world, and as a mother, thinking: ‘How can we have two year olds walking the streets, fending for themselves, looking through rubbish for food?” When we came back( to Australia), people kept asking me why it was so difficult to adopt here, because they know we have two adopted children. ..I was thinking, Hang on. I’m trying to care for these kids in Africa, and people are walking up to me telling me they’d like to adopt – so what’s in the middle? It’s these bureaucrats pushing paper around the desk for 20 years! So I wanted to facilitate the adoption laws being changed here solely for the purpose of finding families for the children overseas who I was already fighting for.
It was a big family decision for me to speak out because I knew it was going to be invasive. But if I’ve go the level of celebrity where people will listen, I’m going to use it for something that’s worthwhile.”

Congrats to Hugh AND Deborra Lee!